World War I awards of William Kelsey

Scope and Content

Three medals, a commemorative plaque ('death plaque' or 'penny') inscribed 'William Kelsey' and the printed citation from George V.

The medals are the three WWI campaign medals, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal (known as 'Pip, Squeak and Wilfred').

Administrative / Biographical History

Originally from Barnsley, William Kelsey came to Clare in 1914 and is pictured in the 1914 matriculation photograph. He received his commission on his 19th birthday, serving as a Lieutenant in the Royal Field Artillery. He was grievously wounded in France on 14 July 1916, later dying of his injuries at the Empire Hospital in London. His name is included on the College War Memorial plaque in the Chapel.

Acquisition Information

C; 6/35

Other Finding Aids

Full details about the medals have been located on an online source and have been filed here.